Fox’s ‘American Idol’ Adds Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj as Judges

Fox TV’s “American Idol,” one of the most-watched U.S. television shows, added country singer Keith Urban and rapper Nicki Minaj as judges for the series’ 12th season, following the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez earlier this year.

Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will join pop singer Mariah Carey and musician Randy Jackson, Fox said in an e-mailed statement. He’ll be joined by Trinidadian-born singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, who received a Grammy Award nomination this year for best new artist, Fox said.

Urban and Minaj will be the ninth and 10th judges in the history of “Idol,” which features amateur singers aiming to be pop stars. While the singing competition has led in viewership during the past nine seasons, Fox faces a challenge from other talent shows, such as NBC Universal’s “The Voice.”

Actress and recording artist Lopez left “Idol” in July after the departure of rocker Tyler. Lopez and Tyler spent two seasons together on the show, joining as part of a retooling after entertainment executive Simon Cowell left.

News Corp. (NWSA), the owner of Fox, rose 1.3 percent to $24.67 at the close in New York on Sept. 14. The stock has gained 45 percent in the past year.

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